Do you dread taking off your gloves after working a long shift outside in the cold? You’re not alone. Keeping work gloves looking and smelling their best is a challenge year-round, but it can be especially difficult in the winter when they are often used for extended periods of time. Cleaning work gloves is the best way to tackle unwanted smells, extend the life of your gloves, and keep you healthier by reducing the spread of bacteria.
But when it comes down to it, how do you actually clean your type of glove?
We’ve summarized their key pieces of advice on how to clean three types of gloves: cotton and wool, leather, waterproof gloves.
1. Cotton and Wool
One of the nice things about these types of gloves is that they are generally some of the easiest to clean since they can be tossed into your everyday washing machine—making sure you wash them in cold water and use a gentle or hand-wash cycle—and then air dried.
By contrast, leather gloves should never be put through the wash, as the process will harm the naturally water-repellent nature of the material’s surface.
· Apply a dollop of oil-based, leather-friendly soap to clean a cloth before gently rubbing it across the entire surface of the glove in small circular motions.
· Let the gloves dry, and then polish the surface with a microfiber cloth.
Next, you can sprinkle some baking soda or cornstarch inside the glove to deal with oils and odours and spray in a small amount of rubbing alcohol or hydrogen peroxide to disinfect. If you need to do this, however, don’t forget to shake your gloves out before you put them on again so you don’t end up with leftover baking soda and cornstarch on your hands!
To clean the outside of waterproof gloves, start by spraying them with rubbing alcohol or hydrogen peroxide. Leave them alone for about five minutes, and then wipe off whatever excess liquid is left.
Cleaning the inside involves following the same approach as you would with leather gloves (baking soda and cornstarch for oils and odours, a few spritzes of rubbing alcohol or hydrogen peroxide to disinfect, and remembering to shake the gloves out before their next use).